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    Early in this memoir, Megyn Kelly writes, I was chief telemarketer, referring to her brief stint as a phone worker at a 1 800 number entity while a college student She was excellent at this job, she exclaims, and would later hone and parlay if this was possible the skills learned there into the art of deposing powerful, high rolling clients in cases where millions of dollars were at stake This self appraisal pervades the book from her days as a popular high school student, an award winning law student I was the highest scoring candidate they d ever had , apparent superstar lawyer she would have made partner but for her decision to pursue journalism , being a perfect mother, with perfect children, perfect husband although on the effeminate side, he once demonstrated a willingness to rough up an older gentlemen who had verbally attacked Megyn after a tennis match her hubby lost , to her ratings winning performances as a Fox News reporter and anchor To hear Ms Kelly tell it, there is not much that she doesn t excel at, and in many ways, the book seems like a 20 hour plus infomercial on Megyn Kelly s greatness There are some redeeming paragraphs in the book Kelly recognizes the woes of alcoholism and drug abuse and how addiction affects family members The discussion of her father s early death and the impact that his passing had on her is touching She appears, at times, genuinely sentimental, caring, and has a humorous and visionary side But mostly, Megyn Kelly is for Megyn Kelly The book reads well, but this does not save it.


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    Can t believe a string of people expressed hate by giving this book one star ratings without reading I just signed onto good reads after a friend recommended, and now I will take the stars much less seriously as anyone can express hate through their stars without having actually read the book Really This site is a beautiful and a wonderful use of technology to join people over a common causereading books which humans took time, energy, and giant chunks of their lives to write, and yet their work is up for grabs by potential haters It s a shame I feel like good reads should be able to weed out this kind of nonsense.


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    Excellent read about a very tough, but fair journalist and what lead to her becoming one of the most trusted US journalists of our time The book is so well written that it almost reads like a thriller at times Definitely a page turner I very much enjoyed learning how Kelly managed to move from a modest upbringing to hosting one of the most watched news shows in the US I am almost as impressed by this book as I am by the journalism I have come to expect from Kelly Highly recommended read The author appears to be very open about her experiences which enables the reader to get a really interesting insight into the life of one of the most prominent US journalists of our time A journalist that played a key role in reporting on the latest US elections whith a degree of integrity that is almost unmatched I have rarely ever witnessed such a strong person on TV or generally in public life Writing such an open and unmasked book about so very personal life experiences shows even what Kelly is made of and how little she fears criticism


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    2.5 ish I was excited to read this because I haven t known what to think about Megyn Kelly On the one hand, I admire her ambition, her confidence, and the fact that she never backed down when Donald Trump was attacking her and sending his minions to also attack her On the other hand, she worked for Fox News, which I consider a harmful company, and I was unsure whether I could trust or respect her as a journalist, especially since she ll now be at NBC if not the ideological opposite of Fox, certainly at least somewhere on the other side of the political spectrum Her memoir, I thought, could help me figure that out.So I guess it did The short review is that I won t be watching Megyn Kelly on NBC, I don t respect her as a journalist, and her memoir is fairly off putting THE LONG REVIEW IS THIS.Ohthe long review.The book begins with the infamous presidential debate that sparked the feud between Kelly and Trump, but it segues pretty quickly into stories from her childhood, adolescence and young adulthood Her family sounds fun I especially like her mom and her Nana , but the overarching theme of the book is clear almost immediately, and that theme is Megyn Kelly Is Awesome Among the things we learn Megyn Kelly was super popular but got bullied really badly for one year in seventh grade Megyn Kelly is not sure why she was bullied so much, but it stopped abruptly and she resumed her reign of popularity Megyn Kelly is super smart Megyn Kelly really likes to use the phrase to this day Megyn Kelly was the smartest law student her law professors had ever seen After graduation she works as a lawyer for 9 years, then realizes that her life is unfulfilled and she should go into broadcast journalism She starts a sort of de facto internship, learning how to do the news, and almost immediately lands a full time gig at a network affiliate in DC She s there for like five seconds literally, a few months before landing a reporting job with Fox News covering the Supreme Court.Credit where credit is due that s impressive It s an incredibly fast rise to the ranks of high profile news.Buuuuut.Kelly maintains throughout the book that she is a serious journalist, y all She says this with a mostly straight face even while using phrases like mainstream media to dismiss any criticism she gets for being on Fox News, of course She maintains this viewpoint even after saying she gets paid to be devil s advocate not a thing that journalists do or say She insists throughout the book that she s politically neutral but a politically neutral independent journalist would never ever ever ever willingly go to Fox News given their ideological viewpoint and their damaging narrative At least, none that I know Some of her reports, she said, were electrifying and standout and some of the most important moments in recent presidential elections specifically, when she walked down the hall to the Fox control room to see if Karl Rove understood math It just seemsweird and delusional Example As a news anchor, I would never take a position favoring or opposing entitlements I get paid to play devil s advocate This is my job it s pretty straightforward Literally in the same quote she s saying two different things I can t And that s kind of my whole thing I can admire Kelly s hustle, but I can t admire her so called journalism And I dunno if I can admire her as a person, given these outtakes I told her I am not a feminist Sheryl Sandberg , one of the preeminent female role models in America, passed no judgment on my feelings about that term An example for our younger generation, some of whom openly booed me on Stephen Colbert s Late Show for saying I do not consider myself a feminist I almost scolded the young women then and there Is there no room for ambivalence about that term We need room in the sisterhood tent, not lessMy problem with the word feminist is that it s exclusionary and alienating I look at a lot of the self titled feminists in this country and think, If that s the club we re talking about, I don t want in I also reject the feminist messaging that treats gender issues as a zero sum game that assumes that to empower women, we must castrate men as the mother of two boys and the wife of a loving supportive man, I object This passage really makes me want to bang my head on the keyboard This view of feminism is so incorrect and so very wrong and so damaging, and Kelly could have tried to educate her damn self about it before putting this crap in her book for millions of people to read Especially since other statements she makes particularly in the final chapters about her experiences being sexually harassed by Roger Ailes MAKE IT PRETTY DAMN CLEAR THAT SHE IS, ACTUALLY, A FEMINIST Although perhaps none of this should be surprising, as Kelly mentions late in the book that she s met and really likes Taylor Swift I could write a whole other opus on why Taylor Swift sucks, and her co opting feminism for when it benefits her and discarding it the rest of the time is a prominent reason, so yeah The company you keep, and all that Her misunderstanding of this point spreads throughout her life She cites a handful of instances where she was dismissed or mistreated because of her gender, then responds to each of them by saying, But it didn t bother me Weird She sort of acknowledges that she is where she is in large part because she is white and blond and attractive, but she also shrugs off that privilege, noting that hard work is the key and anyone who works really hard can do anything and you can combat workplace discrimination by just working hard and eventually your boss will notice, even if you are a woman, because hard work speaks for itself That s a nice story, but real life is not that simple Hard work is important, but we start from and can end up in very different places depending on our gender, race, ethnicity and physical appearance Should it be that way No Does it happen to every woman Certainly not But if it doesn t happen to you, does that mean it doesn t exist NO She also makes safe spaces and trigger warnings a punchline That s fine it s a trendy thing to make fun of and I understand the ridicule but this is, again, not something a serious independent journalist would do And in some instances, the digs are just odd For example Thatcher came along twenty seven months after Yardley I call him my walking cupcake Not like the cupcakes on our nation s campuses who need safe spaces Like a walking ball of sweetness Ok I m not sorry that I read this it was informative and helpful, in that I now know I don t need to turn to Kelly for news or opinions but it does make me kind of sad Kelly is a force, and with a little education, she could be a powerful voice for women As is, I m not sure she really understands most of us.


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    This one was interesting but a little too sensationalist for me Kelly s words of self esteem are definitely worth reading but I found her personality to be rather over the top and it can be difficult to take her words seriously at times.


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    I admit I was somewhat shocked at how much I liked this book and, upon finishing it, how much I respected Megyn Kelly Not that I had any particularly noxious preconceptions about Kelly I actually knew very little about her other than that she is an anchorwoman on FOX News and that she recently found herself in the line of fire of Donald Trump s irrational vitriol and knee jerk sense of victimhood Prior to reading this, I d say that I had respect for her simply based on the few exchanges I saw between her and Trump during the candidate debates and in subsequent interviews Kelly was not afraid to ask Trump tough questions, and she did not seem to lower herself to his immature level or be visibly affected by his lewd, inappropriate responses She kept it classy at all times Reading her book merely confirmed and bolstered my respect for her.Kelly s memoir, Settle For More is immensely readable, enjoyable, and inspiring, especially to young women navigating their way through a world still dominated by annoyingly sexist men Far from being a male bashing feminist manifesto, however, Kelly s book lets women know that there are plenty of good men in the world many of them in positions of power but that domineering, sexist, and predatory men will always try to bring a strong woman down Her inspiring message to women is to never play victim, never give up, and always strive to settle for It is, indeed, her mantra Hence, the title.It is, perhaps, no coincidence that Kelly is friends with Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook and author of Lean In , a contemporary feminist tract for women in the corporate world Kelly s book reads like a user friendly and accessible version of Lean In.Kelly writes joyously of her middle class upbringing with her fun, liberal parents Her late father was a college professor who loved to play guitar a hobby she picked up in honor of him and had a particular fondness for John Denver Her mother was a nurse with a biting wit Her parents instilled in her a strong work ethic and the sense that no one is entitled to anything in life, one has to work hard for everything.This Kelly family philosophy took root in her from an early age It s what got her good grades in high school and college, and it s what enabled her to move up in a law firm as an attorney, a job that she loved For a time.Unfortunately, ridiculously long hours, a tremendous workload, and no chance to spend time with friends, family, or her husband at the time eventually took its toll She decided on a divorce from both her husband and her job at roughly the same time in her life When an opportunity arose to jump into journalism a field that she had been interested in since high school but didn t pursue she took it for the change of pace.Being a Kelly, she took to journalism like gangbusters, eventually moving up to being a TV anchorperson Her intelligence, poise, and spunk and, to be fair, extremely good looks quickly netted her a job on the fairly new FOX News network.She writes positively of her FOX News family, especially Bill O Reilly and Roger Ailes, whom she credits for giving her some extremely useful advice starting out.Her relationship with Ailes, however, took an ugly turn when she started noticing that he was making sexually explicit comments and even attempting to make unwanted sexual advances on her, none of which were reciprocated, of course Strangely enough, Ailes never threatened her job or made any repercussions after her rebuffs so she quietly swept them under the carpet and filed it under he s just a dirty old man from a different generation of men.When other female FOX News employees, however, started complaining, publicly, Kelly made the decision to go public with her own experiences.The experience with Ailes was, sadly, not her only run in with predatory sexual behavior from men in her life For several years, Kelly had a stalker that made her, and her family s, life a living hell Going to bed with two armed guards patrolling the perimeter of her house every night became a norm.Then there was Trump, who targeted her after she pursued him on a line of questioning he didn t like during the first candidate debates Ironically or not , the question that kicked over his hornet s nest was about his history of berating, degrading, and insulting women.This was a topic, thankfully, Kelly never stopped pursuing Kelly never resorts to a woe is me attitude in her book Not that she doesn t write about the difficulty, fear, and depression that she understandably felt during her experiences with her stalker, Trump, or Ailes She just never let all of that define her She s not a victim She s a fighter Albeit one with a strong support group that she credits lovingly any chance she gets her husband, Doug, her three children, her mother and siblings, and the many friends and fans that she has acquired over the years Settle For More is an excellent book about a strong woman standing up against social injustices toward women in, and out of, the workplace Needless to say, it s probably not a book many Trump supporters will be reading or endorsing All the reason to read it.


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    I m not a really a fan of Megyn Kelly to say the least but I was given a copy of her book and I was curious about it I do admire how she can hold her own in a very sexist industry and she works really hard, which I appreciate I have recently started reading non fiction books and I really enjoy memoirs so I was ready to be blown away from tales of Megyn s career.However, Settle for More is mostly about her childhood and there s not a lot of behind the scenes stories from her career or dirt on those she s interviewed or worked with There is a good chunk of chapters on Donald Trump and even though I wasn t surprised by the stories Megyn has of him, I thought it was interesting Overall, I thought this book was interesting even though I wasn t totally into all of her childhood stories if you re a fan of Megyn, you ll probably love that aspect of the book and the first half was a bit boring Settle for More hasn t changed my thoughts on Megyn Kelly but I do respect all her hard work and for being a boss lady in corporate politics That s not easy and she s achieved lots of success If you re a fan of Megyn, this is definitely worth a read If you re a women looking to make a career in politics, I think this is worth reading as well.


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    Well, that was a waste of time I guess I would recommend this if you want Megyn Kelly to tell you, in as much detail as possible, how perfect she and her family are I will come right out and say that the repeated commentary on her children and how they are the smartest was not only pointless, but nauseating I don t need to know that you bought a Gucci dress for a job interview I don t care who made your wedding gown, or that you met Taylor Swift at a party And for the LOVE OF GOD, stop including your DIARY ENTRIES.Ironically, she talks about her women s therapy group in one section and how they were the first ones to make her realize that her perfect personality is off putting She was, of course, shocked because she can be perfect at being vulnerable, too She explains that she s always worked harder than everyone else, and so making friends has in some ways felt like another job interview Frankly, she comes across as disingenuous Her memories of her father s death at a young age, and her recounting of the 2016 Election events are the best parts of this book Each one could have been a powerful article, but don t really belong in a book The result is this weird, forced memoir in which she talks about changing her career, getting divorced and re married, and the juxtaposition of reporting the news vs being in the news.I didn t have an opinion on Megyn Kelly before reading her story, but I do now Thankfully I only spent 2.99.See of my reviews Blog Instagram


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    Not owning a TV, I don t watch Megyn Kelly I picked up this book at my library wanting to hear her side of things I d read about online during this election cycle Wow, all I can say is Megyn Kelly really likes Megyn Kelly Such admiration Such fawning Such adoration You d be hard pressed to find a devoted fan I learned how Megyn was the Best at everything she did She is the best at her job, has the best husband who gave up his career to be a stay at home dad even , and three of the best fear less outgoing I m going to set the world on fire kids This was a dull read and along with the repetitive nature of her self aggrandizement, an unenjoyable read I was left not liking Megyn Kelly much.


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    Originally reviewed at The Book Wheel.Megyn Kelly how much do you know about her If you re like me, the answer is not much except for the fact that she hosts her own show on Fox News and that Donald Trump released his rage on her during the presidential election The attacks she was subjected to leaves many of us extending our sympathies to her, but before you feel too bad for her, know that she doesn t play the victim card Instead, she is choosing to use the experience to lift her upward and onward, and the lessons within her memoir, Settle for More are ones that all of us need to hear.Contrary to popular opinion, Kelly did not grow up with money She came from humble beginnings in upstate New York and had a very happy childhood There were no trophies for participating, which served her well later in life, but her parents were loving and taught her that the most important thing she can be in life is herself, even if that meant she wasn t extraordinary In fact, her own mother never expected her to be so successful, which she knows because her family has always subscribed to the radical honesty program and told her so Nonetheless, her mother now brags about her in her own hilarious ways and its clear they have a great relationship, made even stronger by the early death of her father, whom Kelly was very close to.Picking up on her mother s self deprecating humor, Settle for More is Kelly s life story, from her childhood to her first job to her marriages and, of course, Donald Trump She shares how she was bullied in middle school and how that impacted her path forward in life, as did her father s death, even reading from her journal entries throughout her childhood and adulthood Threaded within the story are the lessons she has learned, many of which are applicable to every single woman in the workplace, from handling men in power to persevering in the face of incredible obstacles From stalkers to sexual harassment, Kelly has fought through the pain and found herself on the other side every single time and while the wounds Trump inflicted are still raw, she knows she will come out okay Because at the end of the day, what matters most is that she knows who she is and has family and friends to support her the rest doesn t matter What s most telling in this book is that Kelly came up short many times in life but chose to find another way not to mention sometimes suffers from imposter syndrome When she didn t make it into journalism school, she chose another major that still landed her in journalism When she didn t make the law review, she wrote herself in When the internship she had didn t offer her a job, she found a better one Over and over, she stumbled but she got back up and kept moving forward There s a valuable lesson for all of us in this, especially because getting up again can be so difficult, but Kelly reminds us that there s always another way.It s also clear that Kelly is kindhearted She speaks fondly of her college boyfriend and the impact he had on her confidence in herself, and the same goes for her stepfather and, yes, even Donald Trump and Roger Ailes Despite all of the hate and rhetoric, she chooses to see the good in others, as well as the positive influence even the most horrendous experiences can have on a person She condemns our obsession with public shamings, acknowledging that there is a difference between professional and personal failings and we shouldn t assume to know anything about someone s person life.But the most important thing in Kelly s life, so than her career, is her children She is a devoted mother who wants her children to thrive in a world where they are free to be themselves For her, life is divided into before and after by her step into motherhood and she discusses the difficulties of being a working mother She does, however, believe that there are biological differences between men and women with regard to parenting, and while I don t have strong feelings on this particular subject, I did take issue with the section in which she details why she is decidedly not a feminist Kelly doesn t think of herself as a feminist because she believes men play an important role in women s lives She believes you get opportunities through performance not persistence and while there s a truth to this, sexism is a live and well What s interesting about her claim is that her actions prove otherwise She pushed for better wages for herself, advocates for paid maternity leave, and fights against sexism in her own ways She condemns our culture of victim blaming and sexism She even discusses the pressures of women doing it all, arguing that women have guilt leaving their children to go to work but ignores the fact that this could be socially constructed but does recognize that sexism, itself, is So while her actions scream feminist, her words suggest otherwise Throughout the book, Kelly maintains that she is apolitical, and while she works for Fox, she has no problem arguing for paid maternity leave and calling out poor behavior on both sides of the aisle She even discusses a conversation she had with Jon Stewart, where she called him to task for a piece he did on her that read much into her comments than was perhaps warranted She clearly enjoys and appreciates her time at Fox but recognizes that her status grants her freedom and flexibility than others, which became apparent when she came forward about Ailes sexual harassment something lower level women have done anonymously because they don t have the status to keep their jobs As for Trump, there s a long section about him and rightfully so She shares her early experiences with him positive and their final conversation before he stopped his relentless attacks, but also the toll it took on both her and her family She describes how she knew when she hit rock bottom and, once again, decided to get up and move forward, anyway She gives her husband a lot of credit for getting her through it, and it s clear that she loves him dearly and found her perfect match which is no easy feat considering their first kiss was seen by armed guards because she was being stalked by an ex felon Her Year of Trump is clearly the most harrowing for her and she doesn t hold back on her opinions of him and his actions, asserting that he went after her because she had power She also calls out the media, alleging that there were many anchors that either prepped Trump for tough questions on their shows or accepted what can only amount to bribes for him She outlines how much free media coverage he received She describes her final meeting with him like a hostage meeting her taker, where the perpetrator finally sees his victim as a human That said, she is uncomfortable with the attention she is paid and role she played in the election and refuses to see herself as a victim But through all of it, it was the Gut her tweet that got to her the most it was so pointed and vitriolic By the end of the book, what is abundantly clear is that Kelly is human She has feelings, she has failed, and she has triumphed in the face of adversity She laughs at people when they trip, she gets sick, and she worries about her looks But importantly, she is a survivor She survived watching her dreams almost slipping away from her She survived Roger Ailes She survived Trump Part of this is because of her upbringing, but also because she reminds herself that bad times are temporary and others have it worse off And importantly, she knows who she is and will always Settle for More.


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Settle for More download Settle for More , read online Settle for More , kindle ebook Settle for More , Settle for More f7c6413d3486 Whether It S Asking Tough Questions During A Presidential Debate Or Pressing For Answers To Today S Most Important Issues, Megyn Kelly Has Demonstrated The Intelligence, Strength, Common Sense, And Courage That Have Made Her One Of Today S Best Known Journalists, Respected By Women And Men, Young And Old, Republicans And DemocratsIn Settle For More, The NBC News Anchor Reflects On The Enduring Values And Experiences That Have Shaped Her From Growing Up In A Family That Rejected The Trophies For Everyone Mentality, To Her Father S Sudden, Tragic Death While She Was In High School She Goes Behind The Scenes Of Her Career, Sharing The Stories And Struggles That Landed Her In The Anchor Chair And Taught Her To Ask The Tough Questions Speaking Candidly About Her Decision To Settle For A Motto She Credits As Having Dramatically Transformed Her Life At Home And At Work Megyn Discusses How She Abandoned A Thriving Legal Career To Follow Her Journalism DreamsAdmired For Her Hard Work, Humor, And Authenticity, Megyn Sheds Light On The News Business, Her Time At Fox News, The Challenges Of Being A Professional Woman And Working Mother, And Her Most Talked About Television Moments She Also Speaks Openly About Donald Trump S Feud With Her, Revealing Never Before Heard Details About The First Republican Debate, Its Difficult Aftermath, And How She Persevered Through It AllDeeply Personal And Surprising, Settle For More Offers Unparalleled Insight Into This Charismatic And Intriguing Journalist, And Inspires Us All To Embrace The Principles Determination, Honesty, And Fortitude In The Face Of Fear That Have Won Her Fans Across The Political Divide